Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tropicana #6: Hawaiian Falls!

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We recently redeemed 1 point for a discount at Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield, TX- "Buy one regular price Big Kahuna single day pass and get a second Big Kahuna single day pass half off." (a savings of $11.50!)

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We had a blast! Here are some pics of our fun-filled day at the waterpark with our little ones.

Getting ready, applying sunblock, and trying on our new shades (Top to bottom; Ben, Ethan, Andrew, Savannah)



3 cool dudes and 1 darling diva (Sav, Ben, Ethan, Drew)



Benny and Sav...two peas in a pod. SOOOOO excited to splash in some water!



...and here we are! Hawaiian Falls



Sav's not too happy about Mama making them sit down and hydrate before playing (S, B, A, E)



its "GO-time"! (Sav, Mama, Ethan, and Andrew)



...waiting to be splashed by the giant water bucket



"Whoaaaaaa!" (but wait, where's Ben?)



In Dad's arms about 20 feet away...scared to death! (poor guy, I couldn't help but laugh) Ben did NOT like that giant water bucket and had an eye on it at all times.



Stopping for some light refreshment (You can bring in a cooler of any size for $5. Packing your own food and drinks definitely saves $$$ at a waterpark!)



Here goes the waterfall again



Drew loved playing in the water



...and so did this little fish (Ethan). I'm pretty sure that my identical twins have gills!



Alas, every diva has her moment...



Dad splashing the kiddos



Some video of our fun times:




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184 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

I keep cool in the summer by seeking out air conditioning!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Shannon said...

I run through the sprinkler with my kiddos. (or I stay inside in the AC)

Katherine said...

We go to our favorite shady park, hang out at the pool and stay inside during the hottest days!

Ashley said...

How fun!! To keep cool we swim and eat lots of watermelon!

Jamie said...

We have several free splash parks that are part of our park system! We love hitting those on the hot days!

luckime15 said...

we keep cool by living at the pool for the summer :)

also, we eat lots of snow cones or ice pops to cool our insides.

luckime15@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

we like air conditioning :) also a little blow up pool in our backyard. My son is like Ben not a huge fan of water parks.

jillw217@gmail.com

Kat said...

I so badly wish we had a pool to keep cool in the summer. But for now, I guess I have to settle by camping out in my cool basement.

Krystyn said...

Staying inside..and water and popsicles outside.

reallyareyouserious@gmail.com

Kristy said...

Hang in the garage (shade) and play in the kiddie pool in the driveway. (We don't have much yard.)

katie said...

With the heat index here already in the 100's the only way to keep cool is to stay inside!

Theresa said...

By staying inside and reading books!! tjwallace04@gmail.com

Elizabeth said...

I like to go get snowcones!!

Beth said...

I would rather stay in the AC all day, but my kiddos love running around outside and don't mind the heat. To keep us all happy, we have a kiddie pool in the back and the sprinkler in the front.

bethklu@yahoo.com

Amy said...

Sundresses and popsicles!

Rachel said...

We have a pool in the back yard. And AC and DVD's inside too.

hjw said...

We go to the pool with friends!

jennifer said...

Popsicles and pool time in the backyard keep us cool! And air conditioning of course!

kjrigoulot at yahoo

Mrs. Ohtobe said...

Our above ground pool died so I have no idea what to do this summer. Prolly beach it.

Beth Clark said...

We stay cool by swimming and eating lots of ice cream :)

Becky said...

Fill up our grandsons pool and jump right in with them. You know that is what us Mimi's do best!!!

The Shepherd Family said...

We enjoy the good ole AC or time Grandma's pool!

Jessica said...

Phew we keep cool by always having water buckets and a pool filled. phew, it gets hot here!!

the heller family said...

I love our baby pool. I keep cool and the kids can play!

The Hoelscher Five said...

We are loving our swimming pool to stay cool this summer!

Love Being a Nonny said...

A hammock in the shade with a sprinkler on you...ahhhh!

Queen of the Misfits said...

Love water parks!

kyleighp78@yahoo.com

ALiddle said...

I keep cool by taking advantage of my friend's pool and staying indoors whenever the south's heat gets to be to much!

Jennifer said...

We keep cool with lots of fun at the pool!

cbentley413 said...

We are all about the pool, and lots of lemonade.

Casi said...

We stay cool in the summer by trying to be in either the air conditioning or a body of water at all times. :-) Loved seeing your pics from Hawaiian Falls - we've keep tossing around the idea of going there and it looks so fun!

Steph said...

air condition, water parks, pools, and popsicles!

snolmstead@gmail.com

Stacey said...

We head to the lake and spend the day on the boat skiing and/or swimming!! LOVE IT!!!

Jennifer :) said...

Gotta have some good AC to stay cool in Texas! ;)

aggiegal114@aol.com

LStewart said...

We spend a lot of time playing in water!

~K~ said...

We try to make it to the river or lake as much as possible!

lucky7_ks@yahoo.com

E said...

http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/16247860790

tweeted :-)

~tigergal01
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Michelle said...

Swimming and playing in the sprinklers!

Erin said...

We keep cool by playing in the kiddie pool and eatin' popsicles under the shade! Suz, I've been reading your blog for some time now and LOVE it! I recently took your advice and bought Puddle Jumpers for my sons (3 yrs old and twin 2 yr olds) for our upcoming vacation. Hopefully they like them as much as your crew does!
~ Erin H.
erin_hein102205@yahoo.com

MK said...

Swimming Pool and lots of ice tea is our way to keep cool!

Chris and Annalisa said...

I hang out in our basement a lot!

annashopper at gmail dot com

Caity said...

Go to the library! Air conditioning that I don't have to pay for, and books to enjoy in the heat!! :)

pennycouture@gmail.com

stacibee said...

Oh, that looks SO fun!

stacikoudelka@hotmail.com

Kristen said...

Swimming!

kstabler11@gmail.com

Libby and Mike said...

The sprinkler, pool, popsicles, bike rides, ice cream - everything fabulous about summer!

Suzanne said...

Big pools, little pools, any size pool!!! I'd go everyday if I could, except I need help with my 9 month old twins!

Lisa said...

Be sure to make friends with people who have a neighborhood pool. :) We were at HF today and had a blast!

Melanie said...

We love the water! We live minutes away from the beach and any chance we get we are in the ocean water!

melanienorman@mail.com

Jodi said...

We're big fans of parks with shade over the playground equip! Not too many neighborhood water places where we are, so it is sprinklers, kiddie pools, popsicles, and the bounce house in the living room AC to keep cool with my kiddos!

Btw, saw your Puddle Jumpers and loved them. Bought it for my 3yr old girl and another for the 18mo girlie for next summer. SO GREAT! Best she has EVER done in the water when we tried it out last weekend! Thanks for the tip!

Sarah said...

The pool is how we keep cool in the summer.

Loni said...

We keep cool by running through the sprinkler...making homemade Popsicles...and drinking ice cold sweet tea.

Hope you and your little ones had an amazing time at the waterpark!!

Sharon said...

My boys love being outside. We have a small pool and a splash water table. We haven't taken them to the big pool yet, going to sometime this year.

sisaacs39@yahoo.com

Kaia said...

I stay inside! Just kidding, well I do somedays.. I make/eat ice cream or popsicles and go swimming! :)

Collins Family said...

Looks like you all had fun. By the way love the puddle jumpers. After reading your blog and finding out you loved them with the quads I got one for Isabelle and it makes swimming much more fun for her and I both! Thanks :)

Adryn said...

Stay inside and turn down the A/C!!

adrynjester@yahoo.com

Brandie said...

AC is my best friend, unless there's a pool to keep cool! And some ice water :) With a little boy that Loooves to be outside i get my fair share of sun!

I love the arm floatie/suit deal the kiddos are wearing..where'd you find em??

Anonymous said...

We love hanging out at the pool at Lifetime Fitness. A good early evening swim wears my 3 little ones out! Makes for a much easier bedtime!

Carol Smith
smithc@hpisd.org

Alex said...

Looks like tons of fun!!! I work at a pool many hours a day, so this is definitely right up my alley :)

Thanks for sharing!

Alex said...

By the way, I also tweeted about it! :)

http://twitter.com/a_accornero

Nichole said...

We try to either go to a pool or we go to Disney Water Parks. Anderson is not able to swim yet, but he is a fish already! :o) Love all the pictures, esp. Ben! :o)

N_Tarpley2004 at yahoo dot com

Jill Wood said...

We head to the lake to go swimming and kayaking:)

jillwood@live.com

Amy said...

We keep cool by eating lots of chilled fruit and making our own popsicles. I think my girl has gills too, we love the pool!

Shelley said...

We stay cool by going to our local country club and swimming EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!!! You gotta do, what you, what you gotta do! It helps our tan, too :) We also enjoy popcicles, kool-aid, and lots of water with lemon. Texas summers are the BEST!

Susan said...

Enjoyed reading about and seeing pics of your day at the water park. For cooling off summer fun, we go to my mama's pool.

Liz said...

I lay on my floaty in the lake! Ahhh, MN summers!

laura arens said...

lots of water-- the pool, sprinkler, lake, whatever! :)

Joanne said...

how cute!! looks like fun!

Sarah T. said...

We play in the pool at the Gerwer's house or at Grammy's... Adam loves to skinny-dip! :)

The Power Family said...

We love going to the pool!

Anonymous said...

I keep cool by heading to the beach with my kids.

jeffersjet20@yahoo.com

Jenny said...

we keep cool by hanging around the pool and drinking plenty of water!

happeningsofabubba@gmail.com

Molly said...

That place looks great- we're hoping to try it this summer! The points do seem nice because whoa, activities can add up!

We love being in the water if outdoors and otherwise staying indoors and watching movies, being lazy, browsing through indoor shopping areas to stretch our legs, etc.

katherine said...

Popsicles at the pool!

Jennifer said...

It looks like you guys had fun!!

Sarah Parsons said...

With a nightly LOW of 81 here in So Fla, we live in the pool!!! Luckily my girlfriend a few doors down let's us hang in hers anytime!

Ky said...

Looks like a fun time! I stay cool by being stuck inside at work : ( Wish I could hang by the pool all day.

kyelizabeth at gmail dot com

Mary Grace said...

we dont have AC, so we head up to the library and spend some time in their's!

Carole said...

Staying in the AC as much as possible, and frequenting the shaved ice stand when we can! :)

caroledenise(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mindy said...

We don't have a pool, but we do have a trampoline and a water hose. My kids LOVE to play "water trampoline". My job is to constantly spray them with the water hose. We also play water limbo and water jumpo where they have to jump over the water hose spray. It's a blast!!!

Lish said...

I moved to Alaska! (seriously:)

Brandy said...

I keep cool by hanging out in the pool!

Heidi said...

I keep cool by swimming in my pool or sitting in the air conditioned house with all the lights off.

ashleyinjersey said...

Ice cream! Yum!

Jennifer said...

Swimming! Always fun and a GREAT way to cool off on a hot summer day.

Angela said...

Water table or trip to the pool!

Jessica said...

Little bit of a/c, pool, and ice cream!!!

babyj_99@hotmail.com

Lindsay said...

I keep cool in the summer by keeping a big box fan running in my living room and bedroom!

Lindsay
lindsay.zannis@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I stay in the house! -Becky

balmanza7@sbcglobal.net

amy h. said...

We go to our local spray/splash park a few times a week or we run through our sprinklers! Its HOT in TEXAS!

Kelly said...

We swim, swim, swim!!

Tiffany Norris said...

Fruity popsicles!

Dana said...

Sprinklers!!! Oh yeah, and Papa's pool, that works pretty well too :)

Jennifer said...

I keep cool in the pool!

Ami said...

Water, and LOTS of it. Be it at the lake, the pool, or a silly sprinkler in the backyard!!!!

Kristin said...

Drinking lots of water and staying inside during the hottest parts of the day!

Kristin
kwolfrum@ymail.com

Jen, Terry, and Ethan said...

We love playing outside in the water when it's hot, whether it's swimming in the big pool, little pool, sprinkler or on his new favorite, the slip n slide!

jenn_levin at hotmail dot com

KSDallas said...

Staying inside is the only way to beat the Texas heat... especially as a fair-skinned redhead!

Jessica V. said...

We keep cool by staying inside!!! Trying to beat the Houston heat is almost impossible!!!

jessica[dot]villalpando[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

My daughter stays cool by eating lots of popsicles!

usac04@lsu.edu
Susie deGeneres

Heather said...

I pretty much just stay inside. But, I'm working on getting my 2yo out more. Hard balance!

Chasity said...

We splash in the pool or play with our water table, which I highly recommend!!

MrsBritney said...

We play with the Slip N Slide!! That is the most fun way to stay cool! Even with the pups!

Paige said...

We love to splash in the pool! paigemturner at hotmail dot com

Lysa said...

We stay cool by going to the lake. On days that its too hot, we just stay inside!!!!

Michele said...

Sprinklers, Splashes, and Sweet Tea!

ccboobooy(charity) said...

We go to the beach! It's like a 3 hr drive, but it's well worth the drive. My son is a complete beach bum.


charisscharity at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

Well, I live in Seattle, so keeping cool in the summer isn't really an issue. I keep warm on the cloudy days by doing a dance to make the sun come out. (Okay, not really.)

I'm from southern California, though... Definitely kept cool in those days with lots of visits to the pool, lots of fan and iced drinks. And occasionally just standing in front of the open fridge. Look, the green craze hadn't started yet, what can I say?

P.S. Your day at the water park looks so fun! I loved going to the water park as a kid. Our local water park was the one immortalized in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure as "Waterloo." :)

Sara said...

We keep cool by living in NW Montana! It just doesn't get very hot here for very many days. But on the hot days we pull out the sprinkler and have a blast!

brookies at earthlink dot net

Anonymous said...

I stay cool by laying in our pool on the weekends! My kids and I love being in the water.
erins3girls@hotmail.com

Lauren said...

I figure skate - so I'm in the rink a lot!!!

Anonymous said...

I keep cool by swimming a water play with my kiddos or movies in the theater!

kathleen
kathleenmires@hotail.com

~kelly~ said...

My little one loves the pool but when it comes to water in her face... well she is a diva. Hope you have more fun this summer!

D said...

When I am at the pool, I stay cool by standing in the pool and reading my book while in the water. Makes for odd tan lines, but definitely keeps me cool!

Dawn

jg said...

The pool and popsicles are the way to go :)

karen said...

Iced tea, my A/C, and occasionally the pool :))

cookiesANDclogs said...

By going to our friends' pool!
cookiesandclogs@gmail.com

Daphne said...

The pool and pop-ice... just like when I was a kid!

The Hutto Family said...

Under Water!
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Lisa said...

In the pool outside or in the air conditioning inside!

Patrick and Lisa said...

How fun.. I would love to go to a water park!

The Lady said...

Since I take Evening Primrose Oil for a hormonal imbalance, I have no climate control and stay extremely overheated. Especially on hot/humid/stagnant days in Alabama. Since I I get cabin fever by staying in the house A/C isn't a good answer.

So... I carry a bottle of water with me and if I get close to passing out. I pour the bottle of water over my shoulders, neck and back. Yes, it's true. I'm a walking wet t-shirt contest.

Amy said...

I keep cool by swimming with my little girls at the local pool, or eatting popsicles on the front step.

Karen said...

We stay coooooool in the pooooool =) My daughter has the same swimsuit--I love it! It is adorable!
Karen
karen.baldasaro@gmail.com

Cori Benson said...

Swimming in the pool for sure!!

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Julia said...

My family go to the local aquatic center. It is so much fun to see my little one play in the water!

Auntie Sarah said...

Live on a lake and jump in whenever we want!

JandKStaats said...

I keep cool by swimming in my pool!!!

Kellieshsu06@yahoo.com

Happy Summer!!!!

Joe and Carrie said...

kiddie pool, for sure!!

Shawna said...

My 4 boys LOVE to play on their slip and slide or go swimming :)

Edison said...

by working out at 5:15am so I don't melt later in the day

jms said...

I am so with Ben! I would have my eye on the giant bucket too ☺

We stay cool by getting in the pool! We've got our Puddle Jumpers and we're ready to roll!

Karina said...

we love going to the pool

Amber said...

Awww cute photos!! So adorable, the kids look like they had a fun time. We like to go swimming, go to the beach, and even put the sprinkler on at home for the kids to run through. Thanks!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Amber said...

Tweeted the giveaway also:
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Barbara Manatee said...

that looks like so much fun! My kids would not have liked the big water bucket either.

We play lots in the kiddie pool in the backyard when its hot! and serve up lots of popsicles!

Natalie said...

swimming or being in the air conditioning! its hot down south :)

Pamela & Todd said...

SPRINKLERS! My two girls love the water and since we don't have a pool at our house... we find fun with sprinklers. pamelascott@charter.net

Sarah said...

Awesome!!

Amy K said...

Staying indoors with the AC blasting and eating italian ice!! :-)

nicole said...

Keeping cool by swimming is the best way for us!! My 2 girls are like little fish and love to be in the water!! Oh and being in the A/C isn't a bad choice either :)

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jillyrh said...

I keep cool in the summer by using the air conditioning and drinking tons of water!

Deal Chasin' Mama said...

We keep cool in the summer at the pool! My kids are like fish and could stay all day long. :)

Princess Golden Hair said...

we take the kids to the pool to keep cool

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Ann said...

the a/c definitely comes in handy during those hot days!

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HeleneH said...

I keep cool by turning the a/c up and hiding in the basement where it is cool!!

Anonymous said...

Ice cold lemonade on a hot hot day.

Jill said...

my kids have a mamma who loves her AC! We will be visiting the movies, indoor climbing gyms, and other COOL fun stuff :)

jillk77 at aol dot com

DG said...

we keep cool by heading to the community pool or the beach :)

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DG said...

tweeted

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JC said...

Ice water and stay inside!

JC said...

http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/17172839728

JC said...

blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-reviews-by-suz_27.html

Melinda said...

We love Rita's Waterice to stay cool

MJ said...

We keep cool by taking advantage of the free splash pads at community parks and by visiting friends who live in higher elevations.

Anonymous said...

we stay in and watch movies

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The G's said...

We are lucky enough to live across the street from our community pool so we are there a lot! And when the weather doesn't allow that we hang out in the media room in our basement and enjoy movies!!

JOY said...

Go to beach or park to have a picnic in the shade - nice and cool with a breeze!
mjharvey26 at yahoo dot com

Joy

Jen G. said...

We keep cool by staying indoors a lot and going to indoor play places. It's H-O-T in TX in the summertime.

pestkaj said...

lots of swimming and popsicles

courtney88 said...

with take our pontoon out to the middle of the lake and jump in! :)

Anne J said...

We keep cool in our backyard pool
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Anne J said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/17339241504

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icefairy said...

I stay mostly indoors during the day and play in the pool after sunset.

icefairy said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/luckytoddler/status/17341543801

icefairy said...

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Mari said...

I stay cool by drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun from 11 am to 2 pm. I try not to use the stove or oven at all.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Lindsey said...

we love to head to the beach...water here in San Diego is perfect in the summer time. Great pics from the water park!

JoeyfromSC said...

Your family is so cute!! I try to stay cool in this AWFUL heat & humidity here in SC, by staying in air conditioning as much as possible lol

I really want to go swimming soon though..I prefer a pool to the beach! lol

Thanks for the chance to win!

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

* and I'm with Caity...I feel ya on that one! I'm @ the library now on my laptop lol ;)

nicole said...

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Twitted :)

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JoeyfromSC said...

I tweeted about your giveaway:

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/17365034403

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*My word verification below is "ovene"..reminds me that it's hot as an OVEN here in SC lol:)

slehan said...

The library is a good place when it's hot outside. (also when it's cold and everywhere in between. Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

http://twitter.com/slehan/status/17394906338

slehan said...

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axi said...

I keep my crew cool in the summer with water balloons and home made ice cream.

Betty C said...

If we can't be in water than air conditioning is the next best thing.

angie lilly said...

We keep cool with AC and lots of swimming!!
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/17413568131
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

Scott said...

We have a galvanized water trough in our yard that we fill up with city water and use 3x. Its wonderful! After those 3 uses, we use the stale water to water our gardens and then start over!
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Scott said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/17413982339
Scott
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Donna said...

We love to go swimming.
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Betty N said...

I like my airconditioning!

Betty N said...

tweet here
http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/17450453725